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Deniz Cuylan


No Such Thing As Free Will is a much prettier and more enveloping record than words can convey; it has a really nice poise between the disciplines of the leftfield, the guitar soli and that of bright folk melody. In this regard if you’re a fan of early to mid-period James Blackshaw, but also very much the quartet of ‘free folk’ albums Stockholm’s Andreas Söderström released as ASS in the decade from 2006, you’ll find an awful lot to love. A bright, studious, harmonic, pastoral gem

TURKISH multi-instrumentalist and composer Deniz Cuylan, whose altogether lovely experimental classical guitar essay “Flaneurs In Hakon” we fell for a fortnight back, has proved that he has plenty more guitar craft up his sleeve with his second single drop from his soon-coming album, “Object Of Desire” which, if you’re of a certain instrumental guitar inclination, …

IT ALL started with Beethoven’s Fifth. That’s LA-based, Istanbul-born composer and exponent of modern guitar composition Deniz Cuylan’s first and wholly abiding memory of music; it’s the early Eighties, he’s at home in the Turkish capital, all of 5, and the Fifth is spinning on his parents’ turntable. Duh-duh duh-duh … the grandiosity, the majesty …